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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

You're making me blush: Make Up For Ever HD Blush

So I finally received both of my Make Up For Ever HD blushes and I love them! They're truly a unique product and the way they go on is amazing! It's really hard to describe them because it's a liquid blush but the finish is almost powder like but it doesn't just sit on top of your skin like a powder but sort of sinks in like a cream. Phew that was a long description!

I purchased colours 3 and 12. Number 3 is also known as Truth or Dare (on the Sephora website) and Fushcia (on the MUFE website) and it's basically a hot pink with slightly blue undertones. Number 12 is also known as First Kiss (on the Sephora website) and as Mandarin (on the MUFE website) and is a bright apricot colour. Here's a picture of the containers they come in:

Here's one thing that I knew but was still surprised by: the tiny size. Here's a picture with them next to a MAC lipstick to give you an idea of how small they are:

See, these things are miniscule! While it's easy to feel slightly ripped off when you see the size, I think that once you use them you can see that these little gems are going to last you a long time because you only need a tiny amount of product. And I stress the tiny amount because you literally need a drop the size of a grain of rice for both cheeks or even less depending on how sheer you want the colour. Here are some colour swatches. The first dot is how it looks first pumped out of the bottle, the second swatch is how the product looks swatched heavily and the last is how they look when blended out:

As you can see, it is quite easy to apply too much colour and end up looking clown like so using a small amount of product and blending are key to achieving a natural flush of colour. Trust me when I say that it is possible to achieve a natural flush and despite how bright these colours look, they can be sheered out a lot. The hot pink surprised me the most as I didn't think I'd be able to pull of such a cool toned colour but it actually looks really natural when on. The apricot colour is just gorgeous on tan to dark skin tones because oranges just brighten your face and make you look all glowy and healthy. The colours I chose are definitely for those who have medium tan to dark skin so all you fair skinned girls better go with one of the lighter shades.

These blushes are a bit tricky to work with so you may need to play around with them a few times to work out your perfect application method but it's worth the effort because these blushes just sink right in and I swear you look like you're naturally blushing. I will say these perform the best on bare skin though so that's the preferred way of wearing them but don't despair if you're like me and have to wear concealer on your cheeks due to scarring because there is definitely a way to rock this blush in a way that looks awesome.

Due to my scarring and the need to conceal said scarring, I struggled to get the right amount of colour over my makeup as I didn't have the ability to blend the product out as much as I would have liked. The way I found to work for me is to put this blush on before I put on my foundation or concealer or sometimes I put it on top of my foundation but before my concealer. Doing this means that my makeup stays in tact and it also helps tone down the blush if I accidentally apply too much. This method works perfectly with the colours I chose as they are so bright and pigmented but if you choose a more subtle shade then you may need to find a way to sort of pat the colour in on top of your makeup which is possible.

In terms of application, I've found that using your fingers is the best way to go but I've also tried putting these on with my MAC 130 brush (which I'm loving for cream blushes by the way) and it works quite nicely. I've also tried these with a standard foundation brush like the MAC 190 and that work ok too but I would use this type of brush more if I wanted to pat the colour on top of my foundation. In terms of wear time, these last quite a long time and I don't experience a lot of colour fading like I do with powder blushes some times but I'll update about the wear time once I've used them for longer.

Despite how great this blush is, it has one thing working against it and that's the packaging shown below:

This blush comes in a pump tube which is great because it's sanitary but it's bad because the pump releases way too much product and can lead to you wasting a whole bunch of product if you're not careful. The container itself has a note on it that says to press lightly which highlights this design flaw. It is possible to work around this issue though and the way to do so is by pressing the pump down slightly and very slowly until you see some product come out. The amount that comes out is generally how much I need for 1 cheek. If you decided to do a full pump you'd end up with enough product to cover your whole face and then some! I know some people have found it easier to pump out some product into a seperate jar and use it from that but these do have a tendency to dry out so if you choose to go this route, make sure you only pump out enough for a few days at a time.

All in all I think these blushes are definitely worth trying out and I think that the flaws in the packaging are more than made up for by the product itself so go get blushing with some Make Up For Ever blush if you can!

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